As Obamacare inflicts serious rate hikes on most consumers, quotes like the following are making the rounds:
In his story, reporter Chad Terhune also quoted a letter sent to a California insurance company executive. “I was all for Obamacare,” wrote a young woman complaining about a 50 percent rate hike related to the health care law, “until I found out I was paying for it.”
At first glance, one may admire the speaker’s sharp tongue. She gets to the heart of the matter.
But what is she really saying? That she wants to be generous with Other People’s Money. Not hers! For her, the key moral and emotional transaction in politics is to make herself feel good by having government take from others; by literally making others pay.
She also reveals that she has no idea how life works. She seriously thought that health care could be made “free” (i.e., sick people heavily subsidized, in inefficient exchanges that the government forces people to be in against their will) without herself having to pay the price for it, sooner or later, in some form.
I propose a politics where people are free to choose, and to keep most of what they earn.
- If they choose to spend their lives productively, they keep most of the results (and can give to others, if they wish to).
- If they choose not to spend their lives productively, then they bear most the consequences (although they will probably still find help from family, friends, and pro bono doctors/clinics, not limited to emergency rooms).
- Life’s transactions are voluntary – requiring both sides to feel they’re gaining in some way, or else the transaction doesn’t happen – and, as such, tend to get cheaper and more efficient over time.
Everyone wins. Except, perhaps, the short-sighted and the vengeful.